Far Cry 4 Season Pass Features New Missions And Weapons

Forget about paying for DLC piecemeal. Just buy it all right out of the gate.

If you’re eagerly anticipating Far Cry 4, you’ll probably be interested in the $30 Season Pass, which features several new missions and even a new player vs. player mode.

If you purchase the Season Pass, you’ll receive exclusive access to The Syringe, a mission where players have to keep a dangerous drug from falling into the hands of super-villain Pagan Min. Then there’s Escape from Durgesh Prison (which is pretty self-explanatory), and the inclusion of series mainstay Hurk. The explosives expert has five missions of his own, which will introduce you to a bunch of new weapons, including the harpoon gun.

If you’re looking for something a bit darker, you can try out the Valley of the Yetis, which tasks you with discovering a mysterious cult in the Himalayas. And yeah, you might run into a few of those legendary creatures, too. Lastly, the Overrun multiplayer mode lets you choose the role of Rakshasa or a member of the Golden Path, and you’ll fight to control various locations.

Far Cry 4 will release on November 18 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.

Related Game(s): Far Cry 4

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10/21/2014 11:30:23 AM Ben Dutka

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Shadow Of Mordor Free DLC Lets You Play As The Black Hand

Downloadable content is cool. Free DLC is even cooler.

Today, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has released a free DLC bundle for the well-received Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. The Power of Shadow pack lets you control Sauron’s servant, The Black Hand.

This is a villain in the main game, of course, and he comes with three new Epic Runes that grant you fresh skills:

– The One with Nature Rune makes you immune to poison attacks from Ukuk Captains or Ghuls.

– The Ascendant Rune give you double focus time for slow motion ranged combat.

– The Elven Grace Rune increases defense, which halves the damage of enemy strikes.

The game in question is definitely one of the better productions of the year, and it’s currently one of the most polished, entertaining games available. If you haven’t had a chance, check out our review.

Related Game(s): Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

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10/21/2014 11:17:05 AM Ben Dutka

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Take Advantage Of This $360 PlayStation 4

The holiday season is just about upon us and if you don’t own a next-gen console, you might feel left out.

So, if you’re planning to get one, why not save a little cash in the process? Online retailer NewEgg is currently offering a new PlayStation 4 at eBay for only $359.99.

That’s $40 lower than the standard $399.99 and don’t worry, the shipping is free. They say they’ve only got a “limited quantity” of these units, though, so you should probably strike while the iron’s hot. Over 400 have already been sold and the sale will run through Monday, October 27, or until the stock runs dry. This deal is for the standard black PS4 with no extra frills but hey, a sale is a sale.

You’ll want it for great upcoming games like Assassin’s Creed Unity, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Far Cry 4 and more.

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10/21/2014 11:08:42 AM Ben Dutka

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Bloodborne’s "Off The Charts" Visuals Have A Certain "Wetness"

Well, as a dedicated PlayStation 4 exclusive, it should look great.

Many hardcore gamers are anxiously anticipating the arrival of From Software’s Bloodborne and now, to ramp up the hype even further, PlayStation boss Scott Rohde offered his observations on the title.

Speaking during a recent PlayStation Blogcast, the software product development head for Sony Worldwide Studios Manager said the visuals in Bloodborne are pretty darn special.

“The way it looks; just off the charts to me. It has, I’ve said this before … there’s a certain, like, wetness to that game. I don’t know what other word to use. It just feels like everything is dripping and oozing with whatever it is–it’s water, it’s blood, it’s whatever it is; and it just looks gorgeous.”

“Wet,” huh? Well, that sounds simultaneously amazing and disgusting. The game in question is targeting 1080p, so whatever we get should appear extremely sharp and refined. As for the gameplay, we’ve heard to expect a brutal challenge…you up for it?

Related Game(s): Bloodborne

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10/20/2014 10:04:58 PM Ben Dutka

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Jade Raymond Leaves Ubisoft

On to bigger and better things…?

Ubisoft producer Jade Raymond has left the company; she most recently served as managing director of Ubisoft Toronto, and her credits include the vaunted Assassin’s Creed, Splinter Cell and Watch Dogs franchises.

Raymond has been with Ubisoft for a decade but now she’ll be replaced by Alexandre Parizeau, a founding member of Ubisoft Toronto. As for Raymond, she had this to say in a statement:

“I’ve spent 10 extraordinary years at Ubisoft, and I am proud to have been part of many of the best teams in the industry making truly remarkable games. This is one of the hardest decisions of my career, but the Toronto studio is strong and on a solid path. I’m confident that now is a good time for me to transition leadership of the studio to Alex and to pursue my other ambitions and new opportunities.

Stay tuned for more on what’s next for me, but for now, I’d like to thank Ubisoft for its partnership through the years, and I wish them the very best in all their next endeavors.”

Perhaps Raymond is off to start her own company, or maybe she’ll occupy a high-ranking position at a competitor like Activision or Electronic Arts. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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10/20/2014 9:58:25 PM Ben Dutka

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PlayStation 4 Live Action Ad Highlights "Friendly Competition"

Yes, we live in a world where multiplayer is king.

Sony has launched a new live-action PlayStation 4 commercial that emphasizes “friendly competition,” and shows regular ol’ gamers becoming pro basketball players and action heroes.

PlayStation marketing executive Guy Longworth says the video is designed to embrace the feeling you get when playing with friends:

“There’s something special about grabbing your PS4 controller, sitting down with a friend, and starting up a game. Whether side-by-side on the couch or online, there’s nothing quite like getting ready for some real competitive or cooperative gaming.”

The ad boasts all sorts of games, ranging from Far Cry 4 to NBA 2K15, and it’s unsurprising to see multiplatform games that might have the slight edge on Sony’s next-gen console (due to extra content or something like that). At any rate, you’ll probably see this commercial around for a while, so get used to it.

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10/20/2014 10:12:56 PM John Shepard

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Sony: I Don’t Want To See Anything You "Shouldn’t Reveal Yet"

Like any PlayStation fan, I’m excited about that PlayStation experience event coming up in December.

The two-day gathering in Las Vegas is gonna be pretty special; in fact, Sony’s bragging that it’ll be “unprecedented” and executive Scott Rohde even said during a recent PlayStation Blogcast that they might show off stuff “we shouldn’t show you yet.”

And that’s where you lose me.

Publishers have got to stop doing this. I believe we saw Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End too early (haven’t seen anything besides that one teaser for a while), and it seems obvious now that they should’ve waited on exposing The Last Guardian. It seems like every year, we come across a bunch of games that really didn’t need to be revealed; Watch Dogs is another good example. The hype just spirals out of control, which inevitably leads to ridiculous expectations when the game finally arrives.

The Order: 1886 could be another game that wasn’t quite ready to be revealed and in fact, we’ve heard Ready at Dawn say they were sort of pressured into showing it before they were ready. Honestly, there’s plenty of great stuff on the horizon. If what you have to show isn’t ready, it isn’t ready. Somehow, we’ll manage to survive.

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10/20/2014 10:20:07 PM Ben Dutka

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UK Proposes New Laws That Crack Down On Internet Abuse

Given the escalating disgusting behavior online, perhaps it needs to happen.

As reported by the DailyMail, UK Justice Secretary Chris Grayling proposed new laws that would “take a stand against a baying cyber-mob.”

If these went through, Internet trolls could be taken to crown court, where they’d face a maximum penalty of two years in prison. Right now, the max sentence for trolling is only six months so this is a significant increase. Celebrities and just about anyone with a major online presence is subject to attacks, and we’re coming off a two-month abuse campaign against female game critics and developers. Said Grayling:

“These internet trolls are cowards who are poisoning our national life. No-one would permit such venom in person, so there should be no place for it on social media. That is why we are determined to quadruple the current six-month sentence.”

Last week, model Chloe Madeley suffered through a round of rape threats, evidently in response to her mother, Judy Finnigan, speaking out against convicted rapist Ched Evans. Grayling added that the law he proposes would combat such cruelty. Recently, outspoken feminist speaker Anita Sarkeesian has seen plenty of abuse thrown her way, including death threats. On two occasions, she supposedly learned she was the target of a bombing.

On the one hand, there’s the whole freedom of speech issue. On the other, maybe when the people prove they absolutely cannot police themselves, steps need to be taken.

Tags: online abuse, internet abuse, online death threats

10/20/2014 11:14:48 AM Ben Dutka

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Driveclub Devs: The "Majority" Of Players Can Now Connect

If you want to try out Driveclub today, you should be able to enjoy the full experience.

After diligently working to get everyone back online, developer Evolution Studios has announced on Facebook that the “majority” of players are now able to connect.

When the game launched a couple weeks back, it encountered server problems, which ultimately resulted in the suspension of online features. Since that time, Evolution has been pretty active in keeping the community up to date on their progress, and we’ve seen several patches. They’re “still improving server performance” but at least now, Driveclub should function relatively normally for most gamers.

“We will continue to keep you informed as we make progress and we know we’ve said this before but we mean it: We know how frustrating it is when you can’t get connected and we feel it too. We are working flat out to get online sign-in, multiplayer racing and leaderboards running smoothly for everyone, all of the time.”

Now all we need is the free PlayStation Plus version, so more interested players can check it out.

Related Game(s): Driveclub

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10/20/2014 11:32:00 AM Ben Dutka

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AC Unity Scope "Insane," But Frame Rate Might Be An Issue

Just bear in mind that the version this gamer played wasn’t final. That’s probably important to remember.

It seems NeoGAF member Jindrax got a chance to play the Xbox One version of Assassin’s Creed Unity at FACTS 2014 in Belgium, and he shared his experience with the community.

While the Ubisoft representative kept pointing out that the version in question wasn’t final, Jindrax couldn’t help but be disappointed in the frame rate dips:

“But the game did dip under 30 fps frequently :S. Like every time I entered or exited combat, if I did some crazy free running stuff. But yeah, it wasn’t the final version, the ubisoft guy kept pointing that out.”

However, he added that it “didn’t take away from the experience” and “the scope of this game is insane.” While the game in question is due out in just a few weeks, it’s pretty common to find older builds of the game floating around at various industry events. Let’s just hope that when Unity ships, the frame rate dips will be minimal.

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10/20/2014 11:40:43 AM Ben Dutka

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